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Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies

ESDiT is a 10-year long international research programme of 7 academic institutions. We work on breakthrough research at the intersections of ethics, philosophy, technology, engineering and social sciences.

What We DoWho We Are

Our 3 Focal Points

New digital technologies

robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, blockchain, social media, and quantum computing

Bio- and brain technologies

gene editing, gene drives, synthetic biology, neurotechnology, advanced medical and food technologies, and technologies for human enhancement

Environmental & sustainable technologies

energy technologies, water technologies, recycling and other technologies for the circular economy, climate engineering, and bio-based and low-carbon technologies

Collaboration &
Knowledge exchange

The ESDiT programme is open to collaboration with other academic researchers, technology developers, policy makers & civil society organizations. We share relevant information and research results with media, education  & general public stakeholders.

ESDiT Research Lines

Nature, Life & Human Intervention

Nature, Life & Human Intervention

We aim to go beyond traditional discussions about the normative status of nature, e.g., whether there is something intrinsically good or desirable in nature and something objectionable in changing nature.
The Human Condition

The Human Condition

We investigate how and to what extent socially disruptive technologies have implications with regard to humans, humanity and the human condition, focusing on new biomedical and digital technologies.
The Future of a Fair & Free Society

The Future of a Fair & Free Society

We try to map how the changes in social relations, social structures, social institutions, and democratic practices, brought about by SDTs affect the basic concepts of social and political philosophy.
Foundations & Synthesis

Foundations & Synthesis

This research line aims to develop more synthesizing perspectives on the entire topic of the research programme. We work on frameworks that are able to provide normative responses to the challenge of SDTs.

Our Latest Publications

The latest publications by ESDiT researchers:

Technosocial disruption, enactivism, & social media: On the overlooked risks of teenage cancel culture

van Grunsven, Janna; Marin, Lavinia

Technosocial disruption, enactivism, & social media: On the overlooked risks of teenage cancel culture Journal Article

In: Technology in Society, vol. 78, pp. 102602, 2024, ISSN: 0160-791X.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Viewpoint: Hybrid Intelligence Supports Application Development for Diabetes Lifestyle Management

Dudzik, Bernd J. W.; van der Waa, Jasper S.; Chen, Pei-Yu; Dobbe, Roel; de Troya, Inago M. D. R.; Bakker, Roos M.; de Boer, Maaike H. T.; Erdogan, Emre; Yolum, Pinar; Wang, Shihan; Santamaria, Selene Baez; Krause, Lea; Kamphorst, Bart

Viewpoint: Hybrid Intelligence Supports Application Development for Diabetes Lifestyle Management Journal Article

In: JAIR – Journal for Artificial Intelligence Research, vol. 80, 2024.

Abstract | Links | BibTeX

Latest News & Media appearances

News from the ESDIT programme + media appearances by our researchers:

Prof. Ibo van de Poel awarded as TU Delft Professor of Excellence Award 2024

Prof. Ibo van de Poel awarded as TU Delft Professor of Excellence Award 2024

Vacancy: PhD on project “Towards an intercultural ethics of existential risks”

Vacancy: PhD on project “Towards an intercultural ethics of existential risks”

Vacancy: PhD on The Role of Moral Creativity in Responsible Technology Development

Vacancy: PhD on The Role of Moral Creativity in Responsible Technology Development

The ESDIT podcast

Interviews with, and by, scholars affiliated with the research consortium Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies. The ESDiT podcast showcases ongoing research of various junior and senior scholars active in contemporary technology ethics.

Our Next Event

We regularly organize academic events and events with stakeholders, such as:

ESDiT & 4TU Ethics Conference Rethinking Ethics – Reimagining Technology

Start date: October 2, 2024
End date: October 4, 2024
All-day event
Location: University of Twente
Academic event | All research lines & tracks | Public ESDIT event
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Join us at the Conference Rethinking Ethics – Reimagining Technology on 2-4 October 2024 at the University of Twente! Co-organized by ESDiT and 4TU Ethics (Centre for Ethics and Technology), the Conference aims to investigate what philosophy and ethics of technology mean today. It will gather scholars working on philosophy and ethics of technology and […]